The main point in Tuesday's primary is not whom you vote for. The point is to cast your vote. We can't believe this has to be said every election. We also can't believe lawmakers in many states continue to try to make it harder for people to vote. Between 2012 and 2013, 41 states introduced legislation that would restrict voting. Laws were passed in 18 of those states. (Fortunately, the attempt in Pennsylvania was unsuccessful.) Those battles continue.
If you're one of those angry voters who wants to buck convention and make a statement, the best way to do that is vote.
For those looking for guidance, here's our endorsement roundup:
For the Democratic presidential nomination: We endorse Hillary Clinton, who offers a breadth of experience. Her time on the national and international stages has given her stature and authority, especially among other world leaders. Her deep knowledge of policy is informed by homework, just as her pragmatism has been shaped by consistent opposition. Much of that opposition is directed toward her husband, but it's hard to argue that she is anyone but her own woman.
For the Republican presidential nomination: Ohio Gov. John Kasich is the grown-up at the crazy, brawling table that is the Republican race. In his second term as governor of Ohio, he's a former member of Congress who, during his nine-term career, served on the Armed Services Committee and the House Budget Committee. His experience is defined not by attempts to shut down government, but with a more balanced approach that includes working with the other side of the aisle. That balance also is found in his support of things usually not embraced by the extreme ends of his party: He believes global warming is a problem; he's for reforming the Pentagon; and, in Congress, he voted for the assault-weapons ban. That's not to say we embrace his views on education, abortion and health care, among others. He has strong opinions, but he doesn't demonize those who don't share them. He has a chance of bringing some semblance of order and sanity to the Republican Party.
For U.S. Senate in the Democratic race to unseat Sen. Pat Toomey, there is not much difference politically or philosophically between Katie McGinty and her opponents, former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak and John Fetterman, mayor of the small town of Braddock outside Pittsburgh. We favor McGinty for the biggest difference she would bring: She would help alter the serious gender gap in the Senate.
For Congress: Chaka Fattah is fighting to hold on to his 2nd Congressional District seat while under indictment on racketeering and influence-peddling charges. While he deserves the presumption of innocence in the face of the serious corruption charges against him, we think it is time for him to move on. We favor state Rep. Dwight Evans. A veteran with decades of experience in Harrisburg, Evans is a man of substance, a hard worker and a policy wonk, who is also a practitioner of practical politics.
For state attorney general: In the Democratic race, we favor Stephen Zappala Jr., who has served as district attorney in Allegheny County since 1998. Montgomery County commissioner Josh Shapiro is a smart guy with a bright future in politics. The third candidate, is John Morganelli, the able district attorney of Northampton County. Of the three, we find Zappala the best for this job.